Sally Piper is a Brisbane-based writer of novels, short fiction and non-fiction. She is a former nurse and nurse educator, specialising in neurosurgical critical care, and has worked in both Australia and the UK. Her long nursing career taught her much about the vulnerabilities of people, but also the fortitude of those faced with extreme adversity. It is a career that continues to inform her writing, most notably when developing strengths, flaws and frailties in her characters.
Her debut novel Grace’s Table (UQP 2014/Legend Press UK August 2019) was shortlisted for the 2011 Queensland Premier’s Literary Award - Emerging Queensland Author category and in 2013 she was awarded a Varuna Publishing Fellowship for her manuscript. Her second novel The Geography of Friendship (UQP 2018/Audible Audiobooks/Legend Press UK 2019) was selected as an Australian Women’s Weekly Great Read and was shortlisted for the 2019 Australian Book Industry Awards - Small Publishers’ Adult Book of the Year category.
Her short fiction and non-fiction has appeared online and in print publications in Australia and the UK, to include a prize-winning short story in an anthology, plus literary magazines, writing journals, The Saturday Paper, the Sydney Morning Herald and the Weekend Australian. She has been interviewed for radio, been a guest panellist at literary festivals and delivered many author talks and readings.
Sally holds a Master of Arts (Research) in Creative Writing from Queensland University of Technology. During her post-graduate studies she also tutored on the QUT Creative Writing program. She currently presents workshops and seminars for the Queensland Writers' Centre and mentors writers on their 'Writer's Surgery' program.
She is a self-confessed nature nerd and likes nothing more than long bush walks to escape her desk.